Buffalo 4, NY Islanders 3

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Buffalo 1-6-1-0 0-3-1-0 1-3-0-0 W1
NY Islanders 2-2-0-2 1-0-0-2 1-2-0-0 L3


Sabres 4, Islanders 3 (SO): Thomas Vanek and Tyler Ennis scored in the shootout as visiting Buffalo edged New York to avoid its worst start in franchise history.

Ennis, Vanek and Marcus Foligno scored in regulation for the Sabres (1-6-1), who won for the first time in eight games to start the season. Ryan Miller stopped 41 shots and robbed Frans Nielsen and John Tavares in the shootout to cap another solid effort.

Nielsen, Matt Moulson and Matt Martin tallied for the Islanders, who fell to 1-1-1 at home. Tavares assisted on Moulson’s goal and Evgeni Nabokov made 31 saves.

Tavares drew a penalty on Sabres enforcer Steve Ott 7:47 into the third period and his shot caromed off Moulson and past Miller 57 seconds later to give New York a 3-2 lead. Foligno spun and fired a wrist shot from the high slot that fooled Nabokov with 2:01 remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime.

Nielsen opened the scoring with a wrist shot to the top right corner 13:11 into the first period. Ennis tied the game 5:24 into the second, jamming home a puck that trickled between Nabokov’s legs. Martin restored the Islanders’ lead 2:44 later, but Vanek knotted the contest again 1:11 after that by finishing a crisp passing play on the power play.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Miller is 1-4-0 despite entering the contest with a 2.29 goals-against average and .941 save percentage. … Buffalo finished 1-for-4 with the man advantage and is 3-for-29 on the season. … Islanders RW Michael Grabner led all players with eight shots, but finished without a point and a minus-2 rating.

Top Game Performances

Buffalo   NY Islanders
Christian Ehrhoff 2 Points Matt Martin 1
Tyler Ennis 1 Goals Matt Martin 1
Christian Ehrhoff 2 Assists Josh Bailey 1
Thomas Vanek 1 Power Play Goals Matt Moulson 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Ryan Miller .932 Save Percentage Evgeni Nabokov .912
Ryan Miller 41 Saves Evgeni Nabokov 31

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Buffalo 34 4 1-4 2-3 15 33
NY Islanders 44 3 1-3 3-4 17 35

Upcoming Games

  • NY Islanders will play its next game at home against Edmonton. The Islanders have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .333 after a loss.
  • Buffalo will play its next game at home against Vancouver. The Sabres have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .125 after a loss.
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